Storm causes power outages, downed lines and trees in Cleveland

A cloud of propane billows up into the air following Tuesday afternoon's severe storms. This photo shows a roof collapsed on a 1,000-gallon propane tank. According to Cleveland Fire Chief Sean Anderson, approximately 600 gallons were released after the roof collapse.

By Vanesa Brashier,

A strong storm Tuesday afternoon caught many people unaware, including regional weather forecasters who were alerted to the severity of the storm by Cleveland Fire Chief Sean Anderson.

Anderson said a storm warning was issued shortly after he notified authorities about power lines, trees and roofs that were toppled over by fierce winds as the storm pushed through the area.

A roof collapse at a pipe business north of Cleveland on US 59 caused some concern when the roof broke lines leading to a 1,000-gallon propane tank. Anderson estimates that 600 gallons of propane were released into the air. The propane has since dissipated, he said.

A tree on Shell Street near Eastside Elementary took down power lines as it fell. Power lines were also knocked down in the middle of town. One power pole on the 100 block of San Jacinto St. was broken and will need to be replaced.

“Right now we are just waiting on Entergy to come into town and start clearing the downed lines,” Anderson said.

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